NTSB Identification: MIA94IA110.
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Scheduled 14 CFR CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Incident occurred Saturday, April 02, 1994 in ORLANDO, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/1995
Aircraft: BOEING 727-243, registration: N59412
Injuries: 150 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

WHEN LANDING GEAR EXTENTION WAS ATTEMPTED IN PREPARATION FOR LANDING, THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR DID NOT EXTEND. THE PILOT MADE A GO-AROUND, COMPLETED THE REQUIRED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, COULD NOT LOWER THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR, AND DIVERTED TO ANOTHER AIRPORT. THE PILOT LANDED WITH THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR IN THE RETRACTED POSITION. THE AIRPLANE SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THE 9 CREWMEMBERS AND 141 PASSENGERS WERE NOT INJURED. EXAMINATION OF THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR DISCLOSED A BROKEN LANDING GEAR DOOR ACTUATOR FITTING. SEVERAL SERVICE BULLETINS HAD BEEN ISSUED OUTLINING REPETITIVE INSPECTIONS PROCEDURES AIMED AT PREVENTING SUCH FAILURES. THE OPERATOR HAD COMPLIED WITH ALL APPLICABLE SERVICE BULLETINS AND AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

The total failure of the left main landing gear door actuator fitting due to fatigue cracking in the fitting. Contributing to the accident was inadequate written inspection procedures by the aircraft manufacturer.

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